Back to basics: Step One
My WordPress installation has become a bit of a monster. Not because of WordPress itself, but because of all the plugins that are running. The first step in my back to basics master plan is to remove all unnecessary plugins. Unfortunately this has turned out to be a little bit more difficult than I first thought. Why? Because a lot of the stuff that happens here (or used to happen - depending on when you read this) relies on plugins. Currently there are 28 plugins running. I'd say around a quarter of those are actually 'necessary'.
Whether or not I decide to keep a plugin is largely going to come down to one question, 'does the plugin make life easier?' If the answer is no, then there's a fair chance it won't be hanging around that much longer.
Off I go to switch off some plugins, if the lights go out, don't panic.